Ashley Williams wants the Arsenal clash on Sunday to be Everton’s turning point, just like last season.
After beating Arsenal 2-1 last term and sending the Gunners off on their #DownwardSpiral, Everton lost 1-0 to Liverpool and then went on a nine-game unbeaten run in the league. In fact, after winning at home to Arsenal in December, the Toffees only lost six Premiership games for the rest of the season and finished in seventh.
Williams wants facing the Gunners on Sunday to have the same effect.
“Troy (Deeney) said what he had to say about Arsenal, but I am not too concerned about their fight, so long as we fight that is the minimum we have to do at the minute,” said Williams.
“We have been showing fight.
“The majority of the time you have to give the fans something to go off and if you don’t they let you know the other way.
“I have not been here that long but it seems all they want is to see the team fight and battling for everything.”
He added: “It felt a little bit similar when we played Arsenal at home last year and that was kind of a turning point.
“It would be nice if it could happen again.”
Everton are currently struggling down in 15th having scored just five league goals all season.
Although this can partly be blamed on allowing Romelu Lukaku to swan off to Manchester United without replacing him, the whole team have been failing all over the pitch.
Their campaign so far was summed up on Thursday when the Toffees were booed off on the pitch by their own fans after losing 2-1 to Lyon in the Europa League.
Ronald Koeman is a manager who’s done very well against Arsenal. Well, Arsene Wenger.
The Dutchman has only ever lost three times to the Frenchman during his entire career. That’s out of 13. He’s won five and drawn five.
The three he lost happened when Koeman was manager of AZ Alkmaar in November 2009; Southampton in December 2014 and Everton at the end of last season.
Therefore, I wouldn’t rule Everton out at all no matter how poor their current form is. Koeman knows how to beat Wenger.